The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161


News and Announcements

22nd April, 2018

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This is a continuation from the occasional sermons of Bl. John Henry Newman.

Sermon 21. The Resurrection of the Body

A great sight will a Christian country then be, if earth remains what it is; when holy places pour out the worshippers who have for generations kept vigil therein, waiting through the long night for the bright coming of Christ! And if this be so, what pious composed thoughts should be ours when we enter Churches! God indeed is everywhere, and His Angels go to and fro; yet can they be more worthily employed in their condescending care of man, than where good men sleep? {279} In the service of the Communion we magnify God together with Angels and Archangels, and all the company of heaven. Surely there is more meaning in this than we know of; what a "dreadful" place would this appear, if our eyes were opened as those of Elisha's servant! "This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."

On the other hand, if the dead bodies of Christians are honourable, so doubtless are the living; because they have had their blessedness when living, therefore have they in their sleep. He who does not honour his own body as something holy unto the Lord, may indeed revere the dead, but it is then a mere superstition, not an act of piety. To reverence holy places (right as it is) will not profit a man unless he reverences himself. Consider what it is to be partaker of the Body and Blood of Christ.

We pray God, in our Church's language, that "our sinful bodies may become clean through His body;" and we are promised in Scripture, that our bodies shall be temples of the Holy Ghost. How should we study, then, to cleanse them from all sin, that they may be true members of Christ! We are told that the peril of disease and death attends the unworthy partaking of the Lord's Supper. Is this wonderful, considering the strange sin of receiving it into a body disgraced by wilful disobedience?

All that defiles it, intemperance or other vice, all that is unbecoming, all that is disrespectful to Him who has bought our bodies with a price, must be put aside [Note 4]. Hear St. Paul's {280} words, "Christ being raised from the dead, dieth no more … likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead unto sin … let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof." [Rom. vi. 9-12.]

"If the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His indwelling Spirit … If ye, through the Spirit, do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." [Rom. viii. 11.]

Work together with God, therefore, my brethren, in this work of your redemption. While He feeds you, prepare for the heavenly feast; "discern the Lord's body" when it is placed before you, and suitably treasure it afterwards. Lay up year by year this seed of life within you, believing it will one day bear fruit. "Believe that ye receive it, and ye shall it." [Mark xi. 24.]

Glorious, indeed, will be the spring time of the Resurrection, when all that seemed dry and withered will bud forth and blossom. The glory of Lebanon will be given it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon; the fir tree for the thorn, the myrtle tree for the briar; and the mountains and the hills shall break forth before us in singing.

Who would miss being of that company? Wretched men they will then appear, who now for a season enjoy the pleasures of sin. Wretched, who follow their own selfish will, instead of walking by faith, who are now idle, instead of trying to serve God, who are set upon the world's vanities, or who scoff at religion, or who allow themselves in known sin, who live in anger, {281} or malice, or pride, or covetousness, who do not continually strive to become better and holier, who are afraid to profess themselves Christians and take up their cross and follow Christ.

May the good Lord make us all willing to follow Him! may He rouse the slumberers, and raise them to a new life here, that they may inherit His eternal kingdom hereafter!

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Fr Tattersall is on annual leave from 4th April – 5th May. Please contact Fr Marshall in relation to any Parish matter during that time. Please note the reduced weekday Mass timetable for April.

Please note that there is no Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday (Anzac Day) but there will be a Solemn Requiem Mass for repose of the souls of deceased servicemen at St Aloysius’ Church at 10.30am.

Paschal Water is available in the vestibule for collection. Please be mindful of the needs of others, and only take a small amount per family.

Catechesis (for children and adults) resumes Saturday, 14th April, at 11 am

Parishioners are invited to a movie fundraiser for the Australian Family Association. The movie is “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”, the story of a young journalist from London who forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. She learns of the dark days of the Nazi occupation of Guernsey. It is a timely reminder when our religious freedom and freedom of belief are threatened by the consequences of the amendment of the Marriage Act. The Australian Family Association campaigns for family, respect for life from conception to natural death and parental rights to protect and nurture their children without undue state interference. All funds raised will go towards the work of the Association. Date: Sunday, 22 April 2018 Time: 4pm Venue: Palace Bay Cinema, 294 Bay Street, Brighton.Tickets:/ $30 (includes coffee/tea and cake after the movie) 
To book: go to www.trybooking.com/UMMD or call/text Maria on 0438 088 681 or marialusby4@gmail.com.

Those parents interested in our school project, and who have children who will be eligible for school in 2019 from Prep to Year 9, are asked to contact us as a matter of urgency. Please visit the dedicated website for information and to contact us: newmanacademy.org.au

Newman Fellowship – Saturday, 21 April: the Newman Fellowship for young adults will next meet on Saturday, 21st of April, at 4 pm. Confessions will be heard from 3.30 pm in the Church, while tea and coffee will be served in Maryvale from that time. Please contact Stephen Jury for further details and to RSVP: sjury07@gmail.com.

Jubilee year of St Aloysius! The Supreme Pontiff has announced a Jubilee Year in honour of St Aloysius Gonzaga, beginning on 9th March this year (the 450th anniversary of the Saint’s birth). A plenary indulgence may be obtained during the Jubilee on the usual conditions, by those who make a pilgrimage to any Church that is under the patronage of St Aloysius, and there attend the Sacred Rites (eg Holy Mass, Office) or make any pious exercise, and conclude with the Lord’s prayer, the Apostles’ Creed, and the invocation of Our Lady, St Ignatius of Loyola, and St Aloysius.

Cardinal Burke visit & Confirmations: We are honoured that His Eminence, Raymond, Cardinal Burke, will visit our Parish again this year. With the approval of His Grace, Archbishop Hart, His Eminence will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation before Solemn Pontifical Mass at St Aloysius’ Church on Sunday, 14th Oct, 2018. Those wishing to be confirmed, or to have their children confirmed this year, are asked to register with the Parish Secretary by email.

Easter offering envelopes are now available. These are for the support of the priests who serve the Parish of Bl. John Henry Newman. The envelopes may be placed in either collection over the next few weeks. Thank you for your generosity.


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